We’re back for another round of Inside Crytek: our very own interview series which features different members of the Crytek team. First you can get up close and personal with them, and afterwards you get to ask the questions!
To submit your own questions to Sabrina, simply post them under the link to the article on our Facebook page, GFACE, or MyCrysis. We will then forward the best and most original questions to Sabrina, and next week the answers will be posted online.
Part 5 features Sabrina Hahn. Sabrina is originally from Germany and has been at Crytek since 2010. She previously worked as a QA tester and HR Project Manager, and currently works as a HR Coordinator.
1. Why did you want to work in the games industry and how did you get started?
When I studied I was working as a QA tester for several projects and companies. Especially the friendly working atmosphere and the creativity of the people fascinated me. Being part of the production process of computer games was a great experience. I will never forget the feeling of the first shipped title where I contributed.
Of course I also play, and played, computer games, although my mother didn’t want to buy me a Game Boy when I was young. But working at Crytek compensates for that! That's what comes of it!
Well, then after I finished my university degree I had a boring job at a direct search agency. After two years of boredom, I thought it’s enough time spent in that business. On the same evening I was browsing a job portal and luckily I saw the job ad from Crytek. I applied, had interviews and they hired me. It still makes me proud to be part of the company.
2. Why Crytek?
Crytek is known for quality. And I wanted to be part of an international and English speaking company. Crytek combines this. I also missed the games industry. Not working in a suit was also a plus!
3. What are the best and worst parts of your job?
The best part of my job is every employee I am working for and with. They are thankful for every small thing we (in the HR department) do for them and it makes me happy every day. Waking up on a Sunday and missing the office – priceless! Worst part of my job is filing, but what must be done, must be done.
4. What are you working on at the moment?
I can’t really say that I am working on something in particular right now as every day is different (also a good part of the job). We are improving the family service at the moment and I am going to host our family events. We will explore the city and its places of interest. Not only employees should feel at home in Germany and Frankfurt. Also their families should make Frankfurt their home sweet home.
5. What music do you listen to at work?
Most of the time we listen to the radio, but when I have time I listen to my favorite bands ranging from heavy metal to classic. But I am also open for any kind of music, as long as it’s not German folk music or Schlager.
6. What inspires you in your work or in life?
Every employee of Crytek inspires me. It’s the best thing in the world to get to know people from so many countries. It doesn’t matter where we come from. In my private life my best friend inspires me. Almost 25 years of friendship but still not tired of each other. And of course my husband.
7. What types of games do you like, and what is your favorite game of all time?
Minecraft is my favorite game at the moment, and I also enjoyed Journey. Diablo 1 and 2 are also on the list of my all time favorites. Number one is Day of the Tentacle and the first parts of the Tomb Raider series.
8. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy my time at home with my husband and my two cats, playing games, watching series like The Big Bang Theory, Torchwood, Castle, and How I Met Your Mother. But also going out, meeting friends and going to the cinema (especially Sci-fi movies, as long as it has lasers, spaceship and explosions in it – like Star Wars or Iron Man - I’ll like it).
9. Do you have any tips for people wanting to get started in the industry?
Always follow the things you like to do, not what you think could bring you into the games industry. But also don’t forget to follow your dream and don’t let anybody knock you off course.
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